FAILING is a Great Way to Learn!

Seriously? Why?
Because, If you get something correct the first time, you probably don’t give it a second thought.

It’s a Great Way to learn New Things!

Some Failing is Easy!
     A Tutorial is done alone.
           Fail, Fail, Fail. No one knows but, You!
     A Puzzle is done alone.
           Fail, Fail, Fail. No one knows but, You!
Some Failing is Tough!
     Public Speaking is PUBLIC! Very PUBLIC!
Fail at Public Speaking and Many know!

Face the Fear and Do It Anyway!

And, Consider

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2015 Those 2015 New Year Resolutions!

If you’re reading this blog you probably have an interest in Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. Good!

My mantra, as regular readers know, is:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.”

No one ever challenges that statement. Why would they!

You’re either now taking and making those opportunities, or you Wannabe doing it!

If you’re already speaking where you work, associations, and chambers – Great! Your goal in 2015 is to deliver more and better presentations.

If Currently Speaking: Start working on your 2015 Action Plan to:
Get more Speaking Opportunities!

Start contacting chambers, service clubs, and others who regularly have guest speakers.

You’ll also want to put out feelers for companies that have ‘Lunch and Learns’ or bring in speakers for Continuing Education for their employees.

Be certain to have a “One Sheet” that can be emailed to them. This is a one page informational document. It should list your topics, give a brief description of each, and have your contact information. Having your “Expert Credentials” included will help land opportunities. Why should they choose you as their featured speaker? Read More→


0Presentation Slides can ADD or DETRACT from your message.

Which to use? Text vs. Images

Presentation Slides: Tex vs. Images from NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

The Goal of All Communication;
Visual, Written, or Spoken, is the same.

We want the recipient(s), as quickly as possible to: GET IT!

They may not agree with Everything you say.

They may not agree with Anything you say.

However, if they don’t GET IT! There can’t be a meaningful conversation going forward.

If I say the word Apple. You probably don’t see the letters A-P-P-L-E

You probably see something Round, Red, and with a Stem.

Let’s try another example. Read More→


0HOW Best to GET and ANSWER Them?

Questions about Questions – HOW? from NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

Q&A Can be an Important Part of Your Presentation.

HOW Best To GET and ANSWER Them?

In Your Opening, Tell the audience WHEN you’ll handle questions.
(See previous Post for WHEN.)

At the appropriate Time, Don’t say, “Do you have any questions?”

Better to raise Your Hand and Ask, “What questions do you have for me?”

When Answering a Question:

  • Look the Questioner directly in the eye.
  • Finish a thought.
  • Move your eyes to another person and finish a thought.
  • Repeat till answered.

If You Don’t Move Eye Contact to Others:

  • They could ask a Follow-up Question.
  • You could answer it.
  • You end up in a conversation and exclude others!

DON’T Stare!
     NO ONE likes to be Stared at!

If Don’t Know or Can’t Remember Answer: NEVER Read More→


0WHEN to Take Them?

Questions about Questions – WHEN? from NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

Q&A can be an important part of your presentation.

But, WHEN is best?

In your OPENING, tell the audience WHEN You’ll Handle Questions.

Four Choices

  •  #1 THROUGHOUT your presentation.
    • OK if doing a workshop.
      • Otherwise
        • Hope you have unlimited time.
        • What if they ask about something on your last slide?
  • #2 AFTER presenting specific components.
    • Have a time limit.
      • Stick to it!
  • #3 AFTER Closing your presentation.
    • That’s when it’s usually done.
    • NOT GOOD!
      • Why?
    • The Law of Primacy and Recency
      • Audiences best remember the first and last things they see and hear.
        • That’s why your presentation needs a Strong Opening and Strong Closing.
      • WHAT IF? Read More→

0Three-Legged EXPERT Stool!

(This post is a continuation of the previous post. The Audio is the combination of both posts.)

"NO SWEAT Public Speaking! EXPERT StoolLeg #2 – Writing

The perception of someone who writes articles and books is they are an EXPERT! Just as a good Speaker’s Talk must be Heard, and preferably seen, to be perceived as an EXPERT!, a Writer’s Words must be Read to be identified as an EXPERT! Writing can be done On and Off Line. Here is a look at each of those venues.

“Writing Opportunities” On Line

  • Have a website and regularly, at least several times a month, publish blog posts on your area of expertise.
    • These article should offer great information (content) and not be a sales pitch.
  • Write Guest Posts on other people’s blogs and have links to your site.
  • Commenting on the Posts of others will often bring people to your site.

“Writing Opportunities” Off Line

  • Trade Journals, Newspaper, and Magazine articles.
    • There are many publications that will publish your articles. You may not receive payment for them, but having your “Stuff” in well known media will give you credibility. They will usually print your contact information below your article and perhaps give your a free classified or display ad.
    • Most likely, they have an On-Line edition that you can link to and promote thru your site and social media. My regular, “Talking Points” article is an example of how this works.
      • Letters to the Editor and Commentary Articles are “Writing Opportunities,” also.
  • Some are:
    • Trade Magazines for your area of expertise.
    • General interest magazines if your subject is a fit.
    • National and local Newspapers.

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0Three-Legged EXPERT Stool!

"NO SWEAT Public Speaking! EXPERT StoolPicture This:

You’ve sent out a resume, or, if you’re self-employed, a proposal. You get a call from the recipient and they say, “Bob, I’ve got your resume/proposal here, and it looks excellent. I’ve visited your web site  and that looks good, also. We’re interested, but I want to know more about you. How do I do that?

If you follow the steps this article suggests, you’ll pause, then with a bit of ‘Attitude,’ (Good Attitude!) respond, GOOGLE Me!

That two word phrase,GOOGLE Me! when spoken with that ‘Good Attitude,’ says, “There’s a lot of great stuff out there about me. Don’t just take my word for it. Check me out!

A large amount of hits, showing up with that ‘great stuff’ about you, gives the perception you’re an EXPERT! You’re the person they want to hire!

It’s a process, not an event, before you can tell folks,GOOGLE Me!However, if you go through this exercise, and make it an ongoing activity, the result will raise your EXPERTNESS in the eyes of others.

Naturally, we want others to perceive us as an EXPERT!  EXPERTS get hired quicker and paid more.

Before asking someone to,GOOGLE Me!You’ve got to have Googleable “Stuff.” Building a Three-Legged EXPERT Stool will do that!

The Three Legs are:

  1. Speaking
  2. Writing
  3. Internet/Technology to promote the other two.

Let’s look closer at each of those legs. Read More→


0Increase the Odds Your Audience GETS IT!

DELETE Distractions

Let’s start with two facts relevant to presentations:

1. The Goal of all Communication: Verbal, Written, or Visual is the same. We want the recipient(s), as quickly as possible to – GET IT!

They may not agree with everything we say.

  • They may not agree with anything.
  • However, unless they GET IT! there cannot be a meaningful conversation going forward.

2. We cannot Multitask well!

The research shows multitasking is not as efficient as focusing and working on a single task.

When your audience is distracted from concentrating on your message, the interruption takes their focus away from you, the presenter, and increases the probability they will not GET IT!

DELETING Distractions increases the odds your presentation will be understood.

Let’s look at some possible distractions to a presentation and what can be done to DELETE them: Read More→


o Better Audience = Better Speaker 

Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker!

Be at the venue well ahead of time.
Find your seat and sit down.
Arriving late is disruptive to the speaker and audience.

For a Successful Presentation.
There are specific things the Speaker must do.
There are specific things the Audience should do.

Meeting the Speaker before the Event.
Makes a connection that helps them perform better and increase your take-away.

Sit so your Whole Body faces the Speaker. Read More→


 oYour Introduction: Write Your Own!

The Introduction is an Integral Part of Your Presentation.

The Introduction Sets the Stage for the Presenter.

The Introduction is the Speaker’s Responsibility to write.

The Introduction should be delivered by the Emcee as if They wrote it!

The Introduction is NOT Your Bio! Read More→

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